Preview: Detroit Lions (1-10-1) at Denver Broncos (6-6)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 138 (Det.), 83 (Den.) | XM: 381 (Det.), 225 (Den.) | SXM App: 810 (Det.), 809 (Den.)

 

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 8-5
STREAKS: Broncos have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/22/19: Lions 17 at Broncos 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/19

 

DETROIT LIONS  LEADERS  DENVER BRONCOS

W 29-27 vs. Minnesota LAST WEEK L 22-9 at Kansas City
Dan Campbell: 0-0 COACH VS. OPP. Vic Fangio: 1-0
16.9/26.3 PTS. FOR/AGAINST 19.8/18.2
310.9 OFFENSE 343.9
Jared Goff: 266-399-2,576-13-7-88.1 PASSING Teddy Bridgewater: 255-379-2,775-16-7-95.0
D’Andre Swift: 140-555-4.0-4 RUSHING Javonte Williams (R): 140-670-4.8-2
T.J. Hockenson (TE): 61-583-9.6-4 RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 47-649-13.8-2
380.9 DEFENSE 325.5
Charles Harris: 6 SACKS Malik Reed: 5
Amani Oruwariye: 5 INTs Justin Simmons, Pat Surtain II (R): 4
-2 (14/16) TAKE/GIVE -1 (14/15)
Jack Fox: 49.5 (42.4) PUNTING (NET) Sam Martin: 45.5 (42.1)
Riley Patterson (R): 13 (4/4 PAT; 3/3 FG) KICKING Bradon McManus: 79 (22/23 PAT; 19/22 FG)

 

LIONS NOTES

• QB JARED GOFF passed for 296 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 97.2 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Has 1,201 pass yards (300.3 per game) & 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 103.7 rating in 4 career starts vs. AFC West.

• RB D’ANDRE SWIFT ranks 3rd among RBs in rec. yards (429) & tied-3rd in receptions (56). Has TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 71 yards last week. Has 50+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 86 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 27 rec.) in his only career game vs. Den. (9/22/19 w/ GB).

• TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 12th-career rec. TD last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. Leads NFC TEs in receptions (61) & ranks 4th in rec. yards (583). Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN set career highs in receptions (10) & rec. yards (86) & had 1st-career TD catch last week. Became 3rd rookie since 2000 with 1st career rec. TD coming with no time remaining in 4th Qtr. WR JOSH REYNOLDS aims for his 3rd in row with 65+ rec. yards.

• CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had TFL last week & ranks tied-3rd in NFL with career-high 5 INTs. LB CHARLES HARRIS had career-high 2 sacks & 2nd-career FF last week. Has career-high 6 sacks in 2021. LB JULIAN OKWARA had 3rd sack of season & 1st-career FR in Week 13. S TRACY WALKER had season-high 11 tackles last week.

 

BRONCOS NOTES

• QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 25 of 35 atts. (71.4 pct.) for 316 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.3 rating in his last start vs. Det. (10/25/15 w/ Min.). Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Det. with 0 INTs & 115+ rating. Aims for his 4th home start in row with 0 INTs. Needs 225 pass yards for 3rd-career 3,000-yard season.

• RB MELVIN GORDON has 85+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 & TD in 4 of his past 5. Is only RB in NFL with 750+ scrimmage yards in each of past 7 seasons. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had career-high 178 scrimmage yards (102 rush, career-high 76 rec.) & TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 110+ scrimmage yards & TD. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 939 scrimmage yards (670 rush, 269 rec.) this season.

• WR JERRY JEUDY led team with season-high 77 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 6+ catches. WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 5 catches for 41 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC North with 5+ catches. WR TIM PATRICK had 5 catches for 48 yards in last meeting. Has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC.

• S JUSTIN SIMMONS has PD in 5 of past 6. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles & PD. Has 35 PD since 2019, most among safeties. Rookie CB PAT SURTAIN II aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has PD in 8 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Leads rookies with 12 PD & 4 INTs & can become 1st Den. rookie with 5 INTs in SB era. DE DRE’MONT JONES had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3.